Sunday, November 02, 2008

Domine, salva nos! Perimus!

Speaking of the traditional Roman Rite, which we were just one post ago, this Sunday's Gospel was remarkably appropriate. It was, of course, read on the Sunday before this Tuesday's election, the one in which the most anti-life member of the senate is expected to win the presidency of the United States. If you don't have your missal to hand, it was Matthew 8:xxiii-xxvii:

23 And when he entered into the boat, his disciples followed him: 24 And behold a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but he was asleep. 25 And they came to him, and awaked him, saying: Lord, save us, we perish.

26 And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm. 27 But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey him?

"Lord, save us, we perish." An apt prayer indeed.